Pretty straightforward question:

What should Workplace.SE make their logo and site design? Any ideas?

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    Fairly simple and professional IMO, more like User Experience than Role-playing Games but I don't have specific ideas right now – Rarity Apr 16 '12 at 11:51
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    Anyone else thinking Dilbert meets XKCD? – IDrinkandIKnowThings Apr 16 '12 at 16:49
  • @Chad I also thought Dilbert but couldn't think of how to incorporate it stylisticly – Rarity Apr 16 '12 at 16:53
  • I have been chucking over the though of stiky-hair boss :p – IDrinkandIKnowThings Apr 16 '12 at 16:55
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    While the bulk of our questions, at least in the beginning, will be focused on the IT world and Cubicle-land, we shouldn't design the site to obviously exclude other, non-office, non-IT workplaces. – Jacob G Apr 16 '12 at 20:36
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    @JacobG in the West "work", especially "professional" work simply evokes the office-based work environment of carpeted walls, sticky notes and binders. In addition, less-office oriented work related items tend to veer far too job-specific. Oil cans, plungers and medical lasers all mean work to some people, but not 99% of people. – Rarity Apr 16 '12 at 21:14
  • @Chad I was thinking of plagiarizing Office Space. :) "Work Sucks." :) – Karlson Apr 26 '12 at 18:40
  • @Karlson I think gold badges should be red staplers :) – IDrinkandIKnowThings Apr 26 '12 at 19:48
  • @Chad I'll second that. :) That would be really cool. Black Staplers, White Staplers , and Red Staplers for the Badges! – Karlson Apr 26 '12 at 19:52

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Our tabs could be like those Manilla folder tabs:

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Somehow, somewhere, there should be a water cooler in it.

  • I think a watercooler icon would be perfect. – IDrinkandIKnowThings Apr 17 '12 at 13:27
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    The Watercooler really should be our Chatroom name – Rarity Apr 17 '12 at 15:01
  • Problem is it's a busy item for a background image. Possibly as a part of an icon or logo though. – Rarity Apr 27 '12 at 21:31
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    And lo and behold, 'tis done! – TRiG Feb 6 '14 at 10:20
  • and it came out that this was true like that – DarkCygnus Aug 16 '17 at 23:07

Work always makes me think of those cork bulletin boards. Perhaps we can incorporate that somewhere?

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    This should totally be the background of our community bulletin...if it can be made readable – Rarity May 13 '12 at 20:18

To be unoriginal, our badges could be coffee mugs:

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    I'll upvote this if someone delivers me coffee every time I earn a badge. – voretaq7 Apr 16 '12 at 18:22

Our badges could be more like Neck-Tie icons, since tie represents a formal work environment. Much like the following icon in Gold, silver and bronze color.

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    Not sure ties would work well in 16px – Rarity Apr 27 '12 at 21:31

How about watches for badges?

There was the tradition started many decades back of giving an employee a gold watch for retirement. While we don't want folks to retire, it's topical, and may be a good fit?

Disclaimer: I failed art in high school and was told I draw wrong by my teacher.


Watch Badges

May need to touch up to insides of the watches too like this:

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Though having the hands constantly stopped at 9am may not be what we're aiming for. 3pm perhaps?

  • I like it, though that watch tradition seems to have died a while ago. Unless it confuses people, let's do it. – CMW Jan 23 '14 at 9:05

I'm thinking something along the lines of an office building motif: stylized cubicle furniture logo, or perhaps an building with "The Workplace" on a sign?

I have all the artistic sense of a star-nosed mole though.


I think when i think of workplace -i think of the "office chair" -

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It of course the most critical element for us to function in the office; but sometimes "Chair" is also extended with Connotations of "Position" in the hierarchy in the company. The bigger the chair you have - the more influential you are really! Sometimes the biggest guys are called "Chairman" or "Chairperson".

But yet, i am getting a bit clueless on how this can be translated as part of theme.


A new thought, why not have paper clips as the badge icons?

I can't think of any workplace representative icon better than a paper clip!

It's been part of the workplace for decades, first in physical form, then again as Clippy the paper clip in word.


Handshake for a logo, like this:


Or water cooler, like this:


or like this:


See also: Chatting various ideas of site logo at Water Cooler

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